EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Officials with El Paso Children’s Hospital report they are treating two patients with underlying medical conditions who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
The two unrelated patients arrived at the emergency room on Wednesday with fever. The two children were placed in isolation and medical personnel quickly worked to rule out other illnesses due to other underlying issues.
On Friday, hospital staff was notified that both patients were positive for the COVID-19 virus. Staff who came into close contact with one of the young patients during a previous admission that was non-COVID-19 related will undergo additional screening, EPCH sais in a news release.
An EPCH employee who previously tested positive for travel-related COVID-19 did not have any contact with the two patients who tested positive this week.
The hospital is reminding the public that EPCH is not a testing facility and these two patients were admitted for underlying medical conditions, please do not come to the emergency room unless your child is in need of emergency care.
The number of COVID-19 cases in El Paso County now stands at 96.
On Friday, the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) reported 18 new cases. Positive cases in El Paso County include 53 females and 43 males. As of Friday, 19 were hospitalized, including eight in ICU. The new numbers include two children ages 12 and younger, though it wasn’t immediately clear if they are the two children taken to the children’s hospital, which issued a statement on Saturday.
“We are going to continue to see numbers go up as COVID-19 spreads in our community at a rapid pace. However, social distancing is the best way to slow down the rate of transmission of the virus, thus protecting our most vulnerable love ones,” said Dr. Hector Ocaranza, the city-county health authority.
The 21-COVID hotline is operational from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For referral, services call 2-1-1 and select Option 6. For more information, visit www.epstrong.org.